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August 18, 2005


Dana Ames

Nope, it's not medical nonsense. New research shows that the rest of the body is affected on a chemical level, especially in terms of processing fuel to make energy- diabetic conditions are worsened or even hastened by sleep deprivation. Inability to breathe freely while sleeping (apnea) resulting in less REM sleep can lead to heart problems.

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Sarah Dylan Breuer

I think you're spot-on in thinking that dreaming can help us make connections that our conscious minds wouldn't make, but which are extremely helpful. When I've got a really complicated problem in which I need to make sense of tons of data -- more than I could consider consciously at once -- there's little I can do that's more productive than a 25-minute power nap, sometimes on top of ten hours of sleep in a night, and normally I'm on the insomniac side. I often have a dream in which someone appears and verbally tells me some new direction I should think about, or even exactly what I've been trying to come up with and haven't quite been able to put my finger on. Oddly enough, I have a stock set of recurring characters, none of whom I know in waking life, who sometimes even interrupt dreams in progress to tell me something I should think about, even to the point at which, when I see that ten-year-old boy with the light brown hair walking toward me in a dream, I know I'm about to hear something that I should write down as soon as I wake up.


I love the sound of those recurring characters! Sounds like Linklater should get on to you for some 'Waking Life' style action!

I also have those sort of moments, and hence have to keep a notebook by the bedside.

What interests me more is how organisations can exploit the same principles. It strikes me that we spend too much of our time in institutions 'doing', and that periods of corporate 'sleep' - call it jubilee, retreat, whatever - are more important than we realise, and certainly more important than the typically annual 'church weekend away', which is generally a time for more input from a visiting speaker anyway...

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